Contents of blog copyright Book Dragon's Lair 2009-2023
I've been gone a while. I started reading fanfiction to escape and I got sucked in an abyss.

I have no idea if someone else is hosting similar challenges. I just grabbed some of what I have hosted before.

Here's to a happy year of great reading
Jan2023: Not much has changed. Writing a fanfiction now O_o as well as reading but I bought 7 new books in December and hope to get those read soon. Crossing fingers about adding challenges (late!)

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Reading Challenge - Birth Year

now, where did I find this one....will have to come back and modify....
Birth Year Reading Challenge
hosted by J.G. at Hotchpot Cafe you can see, there are a lot of great books published in my birth year and I had tons of fun searching at Wikipedia. But think about it....can I really do this? Probably not so this is one challenge I'll have to save for next year. Check it out and just so you know, she has a way to complete the challenge with a different year if you find your birth year has nothing interesting to you. OH! There are prizes!

found so far with (notes) - even if I've read it, I love to reread my books and it wasn't read since before 2010.

June 21

Lloyd Alexander - The Black Cauldron (own)
Ray Bradbury - The Vintage Bradbury
Ian Fleming - The Man with the Golden Gun (own)
Frank Herbert - Dune (own/read)
James A. Michener - The Source

God Bless You Mr. Rosewater by Kurt Vonnegut
Hotel by Arthur Hailey

Dick Francis - For Kicks (own/read)
Dick Francis - Odds Against (own/read)

Kosmos by the Polish author Witold Gombrowicz

The Genocides (science fiction)by American author Thomas M. Disch

Understrike by John Gardner

The Outsiders is a coming-of-age novel based in 1965 by S. E. Hinton (does this one count?) (own/read)

The Doorbell Rang (Nero Wolfe detective novel) by Rex Stout

The Sterile Cuckoo by John Nichols

Stoner by the American writer John Williams

Gentle Ben (children's novel) by author Walt Morey

Don't Stop the Carnival by American writer Herman Wouk

Midnight Cowboy by James Leo Herlihy (gotta read this one!)

The Graveyard Shift by Harry Patterson

Backtrack (western) by Milton Lott

The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch (science fiction) by Philip K. Dick

Dr. Bloodmoney, or How We Got Along After the Bomb by Philip K. Dick (In 1965 he wrote the essay titled Schizophrenia and the Book of Changes)

Whisper of Glocken (children's novel) by Carol Kendall

In the Heat of the Night by John Ball (they call me Mr. Tibbs)

Fire in the Punchbowl is the ninth book in the Punchbowl Farm series of novels by Monica Edwards

The Flag is a novel written by author and actor Robert Shaw. It was published in 1965.

Accident by Nicholas Mosley

The Painted Bird is a controversial novel by Jerzy Kosiński

The Fortunate Pilgrim by Mario Puzo

Sphereland: A Fantasy About Curved Spaces and an Expanding Universe is a 1965 novel by Dionys Burger

Father Hilary's Holiday by Scottish writer Bruce Marshall

Of the Farm by the American author John Updike

The Red and the Green by Iris Murdoch

A Tree Full of Stars by American author Davis Grubb

Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen (science fiction) by H. Beam Piper

A Vision of Battlements by Anthony Burgess

City of a Thousand Suns (science fiction)by Samuel R. Delany

Visa for Avalon Bryher

This Animal is Mischievous by David Benedictus

Cool Hand Luke by Donn Pearce

Peter Currell Brown is the author of the cult classic surrealist novel Smallcreep's Day

The Millstone by Margaret Drabble

The Ballad of Beta-2 (science fiction) by Samuel R. Delany

The Grange at High Force (children's novel) by Philip Turner

The Animal Family (children's novel) by American poet and critic Randall Jarrell

An American Dream is Norman Mailer 's fourth novel

Galahad at Blandings by P. G. Wodehouse, first published under the title The Brinkmanship of Galahad Threepwood

Bushbabies (children's novel) by Canadian author William Stevenson

Golden Checkerboard (biographical novel) by Ed Ainsworth

Manchild in the Promised Land (autobiographical novel) written by Claude Brown

Subspace Explorers (science fiction) by E. E. "Doc" Smith

The Squares of the City by John Brunner

The Tin Men by Michael Frayn

The Drought (science fiction) by British author J. G. Ballard

The System of Dante's Hell (short novel) by African American writer LeRoi Jones

Roseanna by Sjöwall and Wahlöö

A Deadly Shade of Gold is the fifth novel in the Travis McGee series by John D. MacDonald

Bright Orange for the Shroud is a sixth novel in the Travis McGee series by John D. MacDonald

Desolation Angels (semi-autobiographical) byJack Kerouac

Ode to Gallantry by Jin Yong (Louis Cha)

Conquerors from the Darkness (science fiction) by Robert Silverberg

Airs Above the Ground by Mary Stewart

Kermit the Hermit (children's novel) written by Bill Peet

A Plague of Pythons (science fiction) by Frederik Pohl

At Bertram's Hotel Agatha Christi

The Drought (science fiction) by J. G. Ballard, an expanded version of The Burning World

A Suspension of Mercy (psychological thriller) by Patricia Highsmith

Today is Tonight written by Hollywood actress Jean Harlow

At Play in the Fields of the Lord by Peter Matthiessen

And Call Me Conrad Roger Zelazn

Stormbringer Michael Moorcock

The Arrows of Hercules (historical) by L. Sprague de Camp,

Frederica by Georgette Heyer

Bill, the Galactic Hero (satirical science fiction) by Harry Harrison

Outside the House of Baal Emyr Humphreys

Take Me Where the Good Times Are by Robert Cormier

Modesty Blaise (spy fiction) by Peter O'Donnell

The Arm of the Starfish (young adult) by Madeleine L'Engle

Cotton Comes to Harlem (Hardboiled Crime Fiction) by Chester Himes

A Green Tree in Gedde (New Edition). Richard Drew. 1987. Re-issue of Alan Sharp's 1965 novel.

The James Bond Dossier 1965, by Kingsley Amis , is a critical analysis of the James Bond novels

Caroline Anne Mather

The Mind Readers (crime novel) by Margery Allingham

The Mouthpiece of Zitu (science fiction) by John Ulrich Giesy

Palos of the Dog Star Pack (science fiction) by John Ulrich Giesy

Friends In Low Places is Volume II of the Alms for Oblivion by Simon Raven, published in 1965. It was the second novel to be published in The Alms for Oblivion sequence and is the third novel chronologically.

Lost Empires by J. B. Priestley

To Fear a Painted Devil by British writer Ruth Rendell

The Magus by John Fowles

Farnham's Freehold by Robert A. Heinlein

Gordon R. Dickson
1965 The Alien Way, sf novel
1965 Mission to Universe, sf novel
1965 Space Winners, young-adult sf novel

The Wizard of Lemuria is a fantasy written by Lin Carter

William S. Burroughs
a Valentine's Day Reading

The Maker of Universes, Dare ISBN 1-600-10438-X Philip Jose Farmer

A Wrinkle In The Skin (aka The Ragged Edge) is a 1965 post-apocalyptic science fiction novel written by the British author Samuel Youd under the pen name of John Christopher

Sam Chance by Benjamin Capps

The Slow Natives by Australian author Thea Astley

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J.G. said...

Welcome, Book Dragon! You were born in a great year! Lots to choose from here.

Remember you only have to choose and read one book to qualify for a prize in the challenge. Are you leaning toward one or two in particular?

Petrea Burchard said...

Oh, my. I thought you were going to try to read them all.

Alyce said...

You have a lot of good choices there!

J.G. said...

Hello -- just checking in while wrapping up the BYRC for 2011. It looks like you finished, so do I owe you a prize?

If so, can you please e-mail me at hotchpotcafe (at) and I will reply with the list of book prizes.

Thanks! Hope your new year was/is a great one.


In accordance to the FTC guidelines, I must state that I make no monetary gains from my reviews or endorsements here on Book Dragon's Lair. All books I review are either borrowed, purchased by me, given as a gift, won in some kind of contest, or received in exchange for an honest review.